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AfterShokz

Bone conduction Headphones

Tune In Without Tuning Out

Running with music can make a workout more fun, but when you’re pounding the pavement with a pounding bass, it’s difficult to hear the sounds of nearby cars, people and animals.

For a safer listening experience, we’re tuning in to AfterShokz. These headphones are different from typical headphones and earbuds that transmit sound through eardrums. Instead, AfterShokz sit in front of the ear and transmit sound through the cheekbones to the inner ear. So-called bone conduction technology, which has long been used for
military special-ops communications, bypasses the eardrum so the listener can hear what’s being transmitted while also staying tuned into the outside world. Bruce Borenstein, the CEO and president of AfterShokz, is among the first to adapt military-grade bone conduction technology for U.S. consumers.

With nothing inside or covering your ears, AfterShokz are ideal for sporting activities such as jogging, biking, skateboarding, or hiking. The ear-free approach works well in an office environment, too, when you need to tune into a video or webcast without shutting out the sounds of your office mates.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Dennis
    Dennis

    Hi Daily Grommet fans. As an avid (and older) exercise nut, I know how unsafe it is to run, bike, walk or hike while listening to music with traditional earbuds or headphones. You can't hear traffic, barking dogs, or other warning noises. That's why we introduced AfterShokz headphones... the Ultimate Sport Headphone... using bone conduction technology to deliver sound with nothing in, on or covering your ears. AfterShokz are safer, more stable, and far more comfortable to use whenever you need to stay in touch with the outside world. I am really happy to be here to introduce AfterShokz to the Daily Grommet and answer any questions you have.

  • Lori
    Lori
    4/17/12 12:16 PM

    Wow - these are so cool. I always feel so out of touch with my surroundings when I wear my earphones. I feel like someone is always sneaking up on me! :) One question - how much can the folks around you hear? When I play music on my noise cancelling headphones on the airplane, I find that if I'm "jamming out", the people around me can usually hear it too. I really dislike noise pollution so I'm hoping these are better at keeping my music for my ears only.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    4/17/12 1:06 PM

    @Lori

    The AfterShokz bone conduction technology relies on creating vibrations that move through your cheekbone to your inner ear. When the transducers are off your head, the vibrations are moving the air, creating air conducted sound waves much like the speakers do in your home stereo or car stereo. You can hear those air conducted sound waves. Even when you put AfterShokz headphones on your head, the vibrations produced are so intense that some air around the transducers is being moved, creating audible, air conducted sound we call “leakage”. At low to moderate volume levels, the amount of leakage is minimal. At high volume settings, some people close to you will be able to hear your music. Because of this leakage, a few skeptics questions wether AfterShokz are really conducting music through their bones. Here’s the best way to prove that bone conduction really works. Put your AfterShokz on your head, turn them on, and plug your ears (ear plugs or your fingers will work). Without any ambient noise coming in through your ears, you will now experience bone conduction as the sole source of sound.

  • Donna
    Donna
    4/17/12 12:47 PM

    This is my question too. In the video demo the noise is audible while speaker is demonstrating the headphones.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    4/17/12 1:14 PM

    @Donna

    What you are hearing is the demo of the cardboard box. Bruce took the AfterShokz off his head and put them on a cardboard box to demonstrate how bone conduction works - the box is your head, and the AfterShokz vibrate the bones in your head to create sound - that's what you are hearing in the video. At normal (medium volume levels), you have to get VERY close to the person wearing AfterShokz to hear what they are listening to. At high volumes, there is some air leakage. But it is less than what you get from traditional earbuds.

  • Donna
    Donna
    4/17/12 1:30 PM

    @dennis

    What I heard was at 1:09, not when the headphones were on the cardboard box but when they were on Bruce. But perhaps it was his being miked? Anyway thanks. Less than traditional ones is good!

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    4/17/12 1:36 PM

    @Donna

    Hey Donna. Watched the video again and saw that you are correct. However, Bruce did have them cranked up and he also had a very sensitive microphone in close proximity. Under normal circumstances and at normal volume levels, it's hard to hear any leakage.

  • Jesse
    Jesse – Grommet Team
    4/17/12 1:28 PM

    @Lori & Donna -

    That was my first question too, I put them on and asked others if they could what was playing.

    Bruce definitely had his music cranked in the demo (I bet in part to make the box amplify the sound more dramatically). With casual listening, both with the phone and while sitting in our quiet office (usually!), the sound is not audible to those around you.

    I will say that making a video about sound is always tricky -- sound records differently than it sounds in real life - but I wear the Aftershokz everyday at work now and am definitely a fan.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    4/17/12 6:28 PM

    I've had problems with neck bands lifting off when I move my head. Is the band flexible or hard? Also, what is the return policy if have an issue with the band?

    Would love these for work so I can hear people behind me instead of sneaking up.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    4/18/12 10:44 AM

    @Bonnie - The band is flexible in that it moves in and out and it can be skewed diagonally. We have a no questions asked return policy.

  • thopler
    thopler
    4/18/12 2:12 PM

    would these work with someone who wears hearing aids?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/18/12 2:41 PM

    @thopler: Good question. I have a message in to Dennis and will let you know.

  • dennis
    dennis
    4/18/12 4:46 PM

    @thopler

    Yes... we have a lot of customers who love AfterShokz because they do not have to take their hearing aids off, which, I understand, is quite a hassle... they simply put on the headphones and play their music or podcasts.

  • Len
    Len
    4/18/12 6:48 PM

    Is the AfterShokz earphone plug compatible with an iPad?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/18/12 9:22 PM

    @Len: The AfterShokz headphones come with a 3.5mm Jack that fits most Smart Phones, MP3 Players, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. You can read more info in the DETAILS tab (under the video).

  • AJ
    AJ
    4/21/12 7:31 AM

    I have hearing loss in one ear. However, my hearing nerve is still functioning. Would this enable me to listen to music in my bad ear?

  • dennis
    dennis
    4/22/12 2:40 PM

    @AJ

    If the choclea is not damaged and the nerve connection to the brain is intact, there is a good chance that AfterShokz will work well for you.

  •  Ann
    Ann
    11/15/12 12:28 PM

    @dennis I have single-sided deafness with nerve damage, and use an osseo-integrated device that allows me to hear sounds on my deaf side by passing them thru the bone to my good ear, so I am familiar with this idea. What I think would be great about these headphones is that they might allow me to hear music coming from two different spots on my head and might allow for a more stereo experience than I can get from ambient music in one ear plus the OI device.

  • Janie
    Janie
    5/19/12 8:58 PM

    Looks very cool, but do they work with glasses? I don't wear contacts -- too many allergies -- so prescription glasses or sunglasses are a must.

  •  dennis
    dennis
    5/21/12 3:41 PM

    @Janie I wear them with my reading glasses (plastic frames) and they fit just fine. I've seen some huge frames on sunglasses that could possibly cause some fit issues. As long as your frames are "average" thickness, AfterShokz will fit.

  •  Dion
    Dion
    7/24/12 12:04 PM

    Ordered these last time around and LOVE them! Really great at my computer!

  •  Dion
    Dion
    7/24/12 12:04 PM

    Ordered these last time around and LOVE them! Really great at my computer!

  •  Joan Eisenstodt
    Joan Eisenstodt
    7/24/12 12:26 PM

    How is the sound for those around you? If these are worn on a plane, do your seatmates hear what you hear more than they would w/ in-ear headset?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/24/12 12:38 PM

    @ Joan Eisenstodt - That was one of the first questions the first time we featured AfterShokz, too. See both Jesse's and Dennis' response above to be assured that these are not going to bother your neighbors.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 12:50 PM

    @ Joan Eisenstodt

    Joan, the answer depends on the volume level of the AfterShokz. There is some sound leakage because the transducers that vibrate your bones are also vibrating the air. At low to mid volume, the leakage is minimal, making it hard for anyone sitting next to you to hear what you are listening to. At high volume levels, there is leakage, just as there is with traditional earbuds. Some of the new planes have fairly quiet engines that allow me to use my AfterShokz at low volume levels.

  •  lisa
    lisa
    7/24/12 12:33 PM

    what is the in mike? Can these be used with iphone to talk to people on phone and use for your music?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 12:53 PM

    @ lisa

    The in-line microphone allows AfterShokz to work with iPhones (and most smartphones). You can take and make calls and the quality is so good (built-in noise canceling on the mic) that no one will know that you are not speaking through the phone's mic.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 12:56 PM

    @ lisa

    Whoops, I forgot to mention that the button on the control box allows you to take calls and, when pressed, interrupts whatever music you were playing. The music resumes after you hang-up the call.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    7/24/12 12:55 PM

    My daughter has an underdeveloped ear on the right side & has no ear canal in that ear as far as we know. These would be great for her if there was a way to wear them without hanging them over the ear. There are a lot of people who are missing one or both ears who would greatly benefit from these. It would be awesome if you developed another way to wear them.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 12:59 PM

    @Stephanie

    Thanks for this comment. We have heard from a number of people who are in the same situation. Looks like an opportunity for us to develop another model in the future, maybe with a headband that goes over the top, more like traditional headsets.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    7/24/12 1:16 PM

    @Dennis Taussig, that would be great, especially if you developed kid-sized models. I am connected to a Microtia/Atresia support group, so I can help you find testers. :)

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    7/24/12 12:58 PM

    My question as well... will these work w/my iPhone ... (driving in the car) and do those on the other end hear just as well with the mic as with the ones that come with the iPhone?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 1:01 PM

    @Leslie

    No one will ever know that you are using the AfterShokz. They will think you are using the phone. Our customer service department uses AfterShokz. All the callers are really surprised by the great quality when we tell them.

  •  JeffG
    JeffG
    7/24/12 1:05 PM

    I have a huge head (I wear a 7 7/8 hat). When I have tried to use the "behind the head band" type headphones before they've been too small. Have you tried these with folks who have big heads?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 1:16 PM

    @ JeffG

    If you have a really large head, the AfterShokz will not fit well. We will be addressing this issue in the future by making the headband larger.

  •  Tom Melchiorre
    Tom Melchiorre
    7/24/12 1:12 PM

    What is the difference between the Sport and In-Line Mic versions? The Sport version doesn't allow incoming and outgoing phone calls? Is it a tougher grade for running, etc.?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 1:17 PM

    @ Tom Melchiorre

    The 2 model are exactly the same except that the Sport version does not have the in-line microphone for taking/making phone calls.

  •  Tyzee
    Tyzee
    7/24/12 1:59 PM

    @Dennis Taussig the mobile does not have a volume control either.

  •  Tyzee
    Tyzee
    7/24/12 1:51 PM

    Are these the new model? What is the model number on these?

    Are these the AS300 (sport) and AS301 (mobile model)

    Thanks

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 1:57 PM

    @ Tyzee

    Yes, these are the Sport AS300 and the Mobile AS301, which are both the current models we have available.

  •  tyzee
    tyzee
    7/24/12 2:00 PM

    @Dennis Taussig Thanks for the info.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    7/24/12 2:07 PM

    @ tyzee

    My pleasure.

  • T.
    T.
    7/25/12 12:32 PM

    I had a version of this as a school kid, the sound coming through your body and others hardly telling you are playing music is strange at first, but wonderful technology. I am forwarding this to my family and tweeting it to spread the word from the rooftops.

  •  Marilyn
    Marilyn
    8/17/12 1:05 PM

    Can this be used with an FM receiver? We have an elderly friend who needs to use the FM system when in church, but she doesn't want to use a regular headset because it presses on her old-style hearing aid.

  •  Dennis
    Dennis
    8/17/12 5:49 PM

    @ Marilyn

    Without knowing more about the receiver, I can't be 100% positive. However, if the unit has a standard 3.5 mm jack, the AfterShokz will be able to connect to it and it just might work for you.

  • Lisa Dubrow
    Lisa Dubrow
    8/25/12 1:00 PM

    what is the difference between the two, sport or mobile?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/26/12 9:02 AM

    @Lisa Dubrow: The mobile headphones has a mic, with In-Line On/Off and Volume Control. You can read more info of both options in the DETAILS tab (under video) on the featured Grommet page.

  •  Judy G
    Judy G
    9/3/12 2:26 PM

    I love listening to music, but I've developed a sensitivity to even moderate levels sounds. My ears ache. Do you think that the sound coming through the bones would stop my pain?

  •  Dennis
    Dennis
    9/5/12 10:04 AM

    @ Judy G

    Your sensitivity to sound should be checked by an MD or an audiologist who would then be able to answer your question.

  •  Misti R
    Misti R
    11/10/12 10:49 PM

    I have bought sooo many headphones that are supposed to work with smartphones and they sound great. The problem is once you're actually using them you can't use any of the in line mic functions unless you have an iphone. This irritaes me to no end, as I personally dislike apple products. You say these head phones will work with most smart phones if they don't can I return them? Also are they at low enough decibal levels to be safe for children? My daughter loves her music and I don't want her to have tinnitus like I do.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    11/13/12 11:09 AM

    Hi! I am planning on purchasing these for my DH (dear husband) but wanted to comment that this would work great for teens/children as well, so that they can hear us (parents) hassling them to do their homework or chores LOL! Hope you will make these for the little tikes too! Thanks (^_^)v

  • Pam L
    Pam L
    11/17/12 10:27 AM

    My question is on the in-line mic. In the picture the model without the mic has volume control but the mic model only has "on/off" and "phone" buttons. If I get the mic model how do I control the volume??

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/17/12 10:17 PM

    @Pam L Smith Yes, both models have volume control. This continues to be a very popular Grommet, particularly as we approach the holiday season.

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